|Texas Southern is predicted to win the SWAC hoops title. (Tiger Fans photo)|
Southern may have captured the nation’s attention with its performance in the NCAA Tournament, but it still has a few people to win over in the SWAC. The SWAC predicted finish was announced Wednesday morning, and Texas Southern was picked to win the conference. TSU, the 2013 regular season champ, finished with 170 votes, three more than conference tournament champion Southern.
Texas Southern finished 17-14 last season, going 16-2 in the SWAC and winning its last 12 games. The Tigers never got a chance to see how far they could have gone, however, as APR restrictions kept TSU from participating in post-season play. Preseason all-conference picks Ray Penn and Aaron Clayborn will return for second-year coach Mike Davis.
Southern finished 23-9 last season, including a 15-3 mark in conference play. The Jags won the conference tournament and almost became the first no. 16 seed to beat a no. 1 seed as they ultimately fell short against Gonzaga. They return preseason Player of The Year Malcolm Miller and preseason all-conference pick Javan Mitchell.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Predicted Order of Finish
- Texas Southern 170 (10)
- Southern 167 (9)
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff 132
- Prairie View A&M 118
- Jackson State 99
- Alabama A&M 95 (1)
- Alabama State 93
- Alcorn State 70
- Mississippi Valley 65
- Grambling 34
Defensive Player of the Year: Jules Montgomery (PVAM)
Player of the Year: Malcolm Miller (Southern)
First Team: G: Malcolm Miller (Southern), Ray Penn (TSU); F: Demarquelle Tabb (AAMU), Davon Haynes (UAPB); C: Daniel Broughton (UAPB)
Second Team: G: LeAntwan Luckett (Alcorn), Terry Rose (Grambling); F: Jules Montgomery (PVAM), Javan Mitchell (Southern); C: Aaron Clayborn(TSU)